Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are warning the public to be careful about using the Internet to arrange a meeting to buy or sell personal items, after a person in Charlotte was robbed by someone the victim met on Craigslist.
On March 5, police said a person was robbed by someone from whom he’d agreed to buy a video game system. The robbery happened in the 2300 block of Buckleigh Drive in the University City area.
The victim told police that when the assailant approached his vehicle, the robber brandished a firearm and demanded money. Once the robber got the money, he ran away, police said.
Police on Friday arrested and charged William Benjamin Boyd, 17, of Charlotte with robbery with a dangerous weapon. He was jailed with bail set at $15,000.
In a statement announcing the arrest, police urged the public to use extreme caution and be vigilant about their safety when using the Internet to arrange such transactions.
After agreeing to meet a buyer or seller, if the person’s profile is no longer on the site, don’t do business, police said.
Be suspicious if the buyer or seller changes the agreed-upon meeting place, police said.
Always meet the buyer or seller in a public place with plenty of people around, and always take someone with you and let the buyer or seller know you’re bringing someone with you, police urged.
For more safety tips, visit www.cmpd.org.